Louis Helbig brings an eclectic background to his work. He competed internationally on Canada’s national cross country ski team, flew bush planes in rural British Columbia, holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a cabinet minister’s advisor, and economist and a university lecturer. He left Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 2006 to become a full-time artist.
Strong elements of composition, coloration and pattern dominate a first glance at much of Helbig’s work, bringing to mind American Colour Field painters such as Morris Louis or Helen Frankenthaler. A second, surprising look distinguishes it as aerial photography. This perspective helps to express the deeper meanings of Louis’ work: a poignant contrast between the beauty of the imagery and the reality of the landscape.
Helbig’s work is published in periodicals around the world. His art work is held in collections in Europe, North America and Asia.
Beautiful Destruction: aerial photographs of the Alberta Tar Sands
Beautiful Destruction is published by Rocky Mountain Books. This 12 x 14” hardcover book includes over 200 stunning images of industrial development in the forests of Northern Alberta. Its unprecedented inclusion of 16 essays by prominent individuals with very differing ideas has helped to change how the world views, understands and discusses the oil/tar sands. In Canada it has helped to defuse a highly polarized, divisive issue and create a space for substantive, meaningful discussion of the oil/tar sands. Internationally, it has raised awareness of a massive, largely unknown industrial project in the Canadian wilderness at the centre of one of the dilemmas of our time: grappling with the realities and contradictions of climate change versus a petroleum driven global economy.
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